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April 26, 2006
If you're in the mood for laughs and have cash to blow, round up some friends and see "Scary Movie 4." Parents and grandparents can skip this flick. They won't be amused. "Scary Movie 4" is a comedy-spoof mix of horror movies and pop culture. If you've seen the previous three films, you know what I'm talking about. As expected, there isn't much of a plot, just a bunch of jokes thrown together making fun of films ranging from "The Village" to "War of the Worlds." Even though the film has "Scary Movie," in the title, the only scary things are the bad jokes and the dull humor.
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By James Petrillo | June 10, 2009
The revival of “Fellowship!” at the Falcon Theatre touches down this week amid extremely friendly surroundings. The Burbank venue has recently become a showcase almost exclusively for musical parodies of pop culture benchmarks. After a show about “Happy Days” and lampoons of Shakespeare and other classic stories set to Billboard hits, J.R.R. Tolkien’s endless saga about a magical ring is the latest to get the royal mistreatment. Maybe I’ve been overly spoiled by the scorched-earth anything-goes mash-ups from Matt Walker’s Troubadour Theater Company, but the featherweight and obvious satire of “Fellowship!
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By Matt Bellner | April 28, 2010
A man with Tourette’s syndrome, a gay guy, an Indian, a juggler, a Jew, a black hipster and a woman walk into a bar. That may sound like the typical setup for one of my brother’s off-color jokes, but it was the lineup for Tuesday night’s eclectic stand-up comedy show at Michael’s Bar & Grill in uptown Burbank. In all my years living in Burbank, the only Michael’s I have ever been to is the art store in the Empire Center, but this Michael’s has better parking, free comedy, unique drinks and authentic Cajun food.
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August 2, 2000
Jenna Bordelon MAGNOLIA PARK -- Playing to a packed house who could remember a good variety show and all the words to "Donkey Serenade," the Senior Superstar Showcase wowed folks with a little song, a little soft-shoe and some off-color jokes. With a feather boa, cigarette holder and a blond wig that looked like she had stuck her finger in a light socket, Fran Tygell was the spitting image of Phyllis Diller. She could tell a mean joke, too. "When I go to the beach," she said, "even the tide won't come in!"
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October 10, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MAGNOLIA PARK -- Glenn Temple stood on stage, dressed in his white cowboy hat, white shirt, black Wrangler jeans, white belt and white, ankle-high, zip-up boots with Playboy bunny insignias on them. "I'm just doing the same thing I was doing in the '40s," joked the 76-year-old Glendale resident. "There's nowhere in America I haven't played. I've played gigs at schools, on the radio, at barn dances and in movie houses in between flicks."
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July 6, 2005
Sir Walter Scott (not Shakespeare) said, "Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practice to deceive." Its use is one of the first errors in "The Perfect Man." In case the audience is too dense to pick up on the film's premise, it appears for our benefit in writing -- on a blackboard. The film does not trust our intelligence nor does it trust its own. For its part, the audience will not be fooled. Moviegoers will see that an expert cast like this one could appeal to a broad spectrum of entertainment seekers, but doesn't.
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By Angela Hokanson | July 5, 2008
Costumed comics dressed as the Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam stood on Thursday night at the entrance of the AMC Walkway in Burbank, treating passers-by to jokes and magic tricks at the start of the holiday weekend. Miss Liberty and Uncle Sam, played by comic duo Marianne Wittelsberger and Steve Bauer, were in downtown for the city’s All-American Night, a celebration with live music and comic relief that was organized by the Downtown Burbank Partnership, a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.
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April 22, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta BURBANK -- Richard "Dick" Decker didn't have big plans for his retirement. He just wanted to do the things he loved most -- play golf, square dance and spend time with his granddaughters. On Wednesday, less than a month after he retired from his longtime post of dispatch driver for the Leader and Glendale News-Press newspapers, Decker died of complications from a stroke he suffered in early April. He was 69. An avid softball player, Decker played in various leagues across Southern California, including the Burbank Senior Softball League.
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By Matt Bellner | August 16, 2008
If you like smoking action movies and loaded actors, feel free to burn your money on a ticket to ?Pineapple Express.? It?s a lowbrow production about getting high as a kite that will fly with younger filmgoers and flame out with the older crowd. Seth Rogan and James Franco star as a pair of rolling stoned potheads named Dale and Saul who get mixed up with the wrong guys when Dale witnesses the murder of an Asian drug dealer. Since the two main characters are continuously baked out of their minds on Saul?
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By Jonny Whiteside | August 30, 2013
Ward Dotson, the brilliantly understated guitarist whose atmospheric style was a critical component of early '80s Hollywood underground rock legends the Gun Club, is definitely an odd one. Widely recognized as one of the post-punk era's most engagingly progressive musicians, Dotson is a dry, droll cat with a mile-wide streak of ingenuous, self-deprecating humor and, for an artist with his singular, significant cachet, a refreshingly disarming lack...
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August 21, 2012
Jay Leno worked in some jabs at his bosses at NBC and its corporate parent Comcast on Monday's "Tonight Show," the first show taped since the late-night program had to lay off roughly two dozen employees and Leno himself took a pay cut. Leno kicked off the program telling the audience, "Welcome to 'The Tonight Show,' or as Comcast calls us, 'The Expendables!'" He continued, "As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized 'The Tonight Show.' And we've been consistently No. 1 in the ratings.
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By Matt Bellner | April 28, 2010
A man with Tourette’s syndrome, a gay guy, an Indian, a juggler, a Jew, a black hipster and a woman walk into a bar. That may sound like the typical setup for one of my brother’s off-color jokes, but it was the lineup for Tuesday night’s eclectic stand-up comedy show at Michael’s Bar & Grill in uptown Burbank. In all my years living in Burbank, the only Michael’s I have ever been to is the art store in the Empire Center, but this Michael’s has better parking, free comedy, unique drinks and authentic Cajun food.
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By James Petrillo | December 22, 2009
Matt Walker’s Troubies have been mashing up pop culture with the back catalogs of music icons since 1995. The well is running dry on worthy source material, but “Frosty the Snow Manilow” at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank proves that barely matters anymore. Walker and his impressive company take their game up a notch and reach a state of grace forever balanced between reverence and rudeness. His players take no prisoners in their pursuit of laughter, even if it’s at the expense of audience members or fellow cast-mates.
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By Alison Kjeldgaard | April 11, 2009
Romancing the Bean on San Fernando Road has put its small corner stage to good use. The spacious coffeehouse in Downtown Burbank attracts a regular audience for open-mic nights, comedy and music performances throughout the week. Owner Kerri Crull moved the business to this location three years ago. Her previous location on West Magnolia Boulevard was smaller and consequently more difficult to put on performances, she said. She has been using the stage frequently and proudly attests that Metro Station, a now well-known pop-rock band, started there.
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By Matt Bellner | August 16, 2008
If you like smoking action movies and loaded actors, feel free to burn your money on a ticket to ?Pineapple Express.? It?s a lowbrow production about getting high as a kite that will fly with younger filmgoers and flame out with the older crowd. Seth Rogan and James Franco star as a pair of rolling stoned potheads named Dale and Saul who get mixed up with the wrong guys when Dale witnesses the murder of an Asian drug dealer. Since the two main characters are continuously baked out of their minds on Saul?
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By Angela Hokanson | July 5, 2008
Costumed comics dressed as the Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam stood on Thursday night at the entrance of the AMC Walkway in Burbank, treating passers-by to jokes and magic tricks at the start of the holiday weekend. Miss Liberty and Uncle Sam, played by comic duo Marianne Wittelsberger and Steve Bauer, were in downtown for the city’s All-American Night, a celebration with live music and comic relief that was organized by the Downtown Burbank Partnership, a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.
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